From Lakewood’s Steve Willson:
I know Steve Reick
He’s a good guy, a straight shooter.
I remember when he first ran for State Rep, he came to my house, his arms full of documents about the Illinois budget.
All he wanted to talk about was how the pensions were underfunded and how the assumptions that underlay the calculations were unrealistic.
In short, he’s a policy wonk, a nerd focused on the data and how to fix problems.
He also got tagged — once in his life — for drunk driving on his birthday.
Typical Steve, he didn’t fight it, he didn’t try to cop a deal, he didn’t try to use his position.
He just admitted it.
Now, if you think that disqualifies him from ever holding public office, then vote for his opponent.
But if, like me, you think, “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”, then you need to compare Reick’s record to that of his opponent.
Brian Sager is a life-long government employee.
He used to be a Republican, but switched to being a Democrat and was almost immediately appointed to the patronage position of RTA Board member, a job that pays $25,000 a year.
Sager’s been Mayor of Woodstock since 2005.
He claims to have cut property taxes by 10%, but that’s lying by omission.
In fact, property taxes went up 56% between his first year as Mayor and fiscal year 2017.
Only then did Sager cut taxes.
And that year Sager increased the City’s sales tax rate by 50% to make up the reduction in property taxes, so, net.
So, net, property taxes today are 45% higher than when Sager took office and the sales tax is 50% higher.
Overall, that means the combined property and sales tax burden on Woodstock residents is 78% higher than when Sager took office.
Overall, government expenditures are 58% higher than when Sager took office.
Sager also oversaw the creation of TIF districts that have diverted millions of taxpayer dollars from the schools to the City.
So, you have a choice between
- a policy wonk who did one wrong thing and admitted it straight up, a moderate focused on fixing the state’s problems, and
- a lifelong politician and government employee, the recipient of a patronage position and government pensions, and with a long record of raising taxes and increasing government spending.
The choice is yours.